Early Life and Musical Career
Frank Edwin Wright III was born in Frankfurt, West Germany. He lived in Willits, California with his father and his elder sister Lori. He has German heritage, and his father was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Wright's closest neighbour was Larry Livermore, who at the time was the singer of the punk band The Lookouts. When Wright was 12, Livermore recruited him as the drummer of The Lookouts. And Tre took on the name of "Tré Cool", relying on both the French word "très" (meaning "very") and the English word "cool" as a way of saying he was "very cool". However, the silent "s" has been dropped in the spelling, as a play on the "third" in his name. During his acceptance speech at the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Tre credited Larry Livermore as the person who gave him his nickname, Tre Cool, when we was young.
When Green Day's drummer, John Kiffmeyer, left the band, the group recruited Tré Cool to be their drummer. In his second year, Tré Cool dropped out of high school and opted to earn a GED. He began taking classes at a local community college but would later drop out as well as the band became a more time consuming priority. During this time the band considered breaking up because it took a long time to adjust to playing with Tré Cool. He is godfather to the children of Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer/guitarist of Green Day.
Tré Cool's father was supportive and overhauled a bookmobile to transport the band. He would later say: "I watched them go from a bunch of kids to a group of musicians with work ethic", also adding: "On their first tour or two, it was more of a party than anything else. I still scratch my head and say, 'How in the hell ded they make it?' They used to practice in my living room here - a lot of the songs they did on Dookie. You hear it coming together, and you don't expect people are going to go out and buy it. But when it does, you just say, 'Wow that's so cool.'"
Tré Cool was the first member of Green Day to become a father on January 12, 1995 with the birth of his daughter Ramona Isabel. Tré then married his longterm girlfriend Lisea Lyons, a talented photographer with a degree in English Literature and a Masters in Fine Art in March. Lisea and Tré divorced the following year and Lisea moved with Ramona to New York where she raised her daughter and has a successful career as a photographer and artist. Ramona recently appeared as a Kit Kat girl in the Brandeis Theater Company's production of Cabaret. In 2000 Tré Cool married Claudia Suarez (Bovino) and Tré Cool's second child Frankito (meaning "Little Frank") was born on March 26, 2001. He is the godson of Billie Joe Armstrong. Tré Cool is also the godfather of Armstrong's two children, Joseph and Jakob.
Tré Cool and Suarez divorced in 2003 and Claudia has primary custody of their son Frankito. Claudia now lives with Frankito and her new husband (married August 2013), Colorado-based lawyer David Bovino and their baby daughter in Aspen, Colorado. Following his divorce from Claudia, Tré began dating Torry Castellano - drummer from The Donnas - and he told Kerrang when they later split it was due to his inability to remain sober in L.A. Tre then began dating MTV host Ruri Hegarty who remains close friends with band mate Billie Joe Armstrong and attended his 40th birthday in 2012 despite their breakup several years before hand. Tré Cool dated model Cara Provenzano attending many award shows and events together in 2009 and early 2010.
In 2010 Tré began dating New York ballet dancer and fashion designer Dena Roberson. Tré Cool had her name tattooed on his chest. Tré Cool was engaged to Dena at Supperclub in San Francisco on March 31, 2011 and rumors of the engagement were rampant at the final show of American Idiot on Broadway but Tré Cool waited to announce the happy news on his Facebook. In 2012 Tré Cool began dating New York based model and artist Karli Henneman. Henneman appeared briefly in the Green Day documentary Cuatro and a photograph of her legs was posted by Tré Cool posed in front of his car with the hashtag "Lita" (Henneman often signs her paintings using this name). Tré Cool began dating Zurich based (South African born) model and business woman Purista Blenk in the summer of 2012. In January 2013 they attended the screening of Cuatro together at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado. Purista also joined Tré Cool on Green Day's 99 Revolutions Tour in 2013 and the couple were filmed enjoying a day off in Sweden at a theme park on June 28, 2013.
Tré was engaged to 28 year old former Miss Supercross and paddock girl Sara Rose Lipert in January 2014, and they were married on October 11, 2014.